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H. Edward "Eddie" Feely

Inducted 2012

H. Edward "Eddie" Feely has left a 20-year legacy as a head football coach and athletic director of five different high schools throughout central and north Florida. 


As an athlete Feely lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track all four years at Gainesville High School. He went on to play football for Florida State University from 1959-1962 and returned there to be an assistant coach in 1973. 


After two years as an athletic director and head coach at Cocoa Beach High School, Feely left to take over the Merritt Island football program that had never won a football game. As a second-year coach, he guided them to a regional title, and in 1972 won the state championship with a 13-0 season. He later coached at Choctawhatchee, Buchholz and Tate, and finished with a combined record of 159-55-1 in his 20 seasons as a football coach in Florida. 


Known as a program builder, Feely tallied four perfect seasons at three separate schools (1972 - Merritt Island, 1977 - Choctawhatchee, 1981 and 1983 - Buchholz) whom had never attained that level of success prior to his arrival. In 1981 and 1983, Feely was announced the Gainesville Sun Coach of the Year, and in 2002 was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Hall of Fame. His coaching tree includes well-known coaches around the state of Florida such as Dwight Thomas and Jimmy Ray Stephens, among others.


After his passing on Aug. 20, 2006 the Orlando Sentinel acknowledged that “Central Florida’s football community has lost an old friend, a Hall of Fame Coach and an all-around good guy” – a fitting quote for this accomplished architect.